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Dognappers pinch Yorkshire terriers
DOGNAPPERS are believed to be pinching pets from parts of the borough after two terriers were stolen in two days.
It is feared more dogs could have been taken in the last week after a kennels boss said he had also received reports about stolen pets.
In both confirmed cases, Yorkshire terriers were stolen.
Katie Hart, 25, of Hinkfield Place, Basildon, is desperate to get her dog back for her distraught three-year-old son, who can’t understand why Willow is no longer at home.
The mum-of-one said she had heard a number of other terriers had been stolen in Basildon within the last week.
She said: “I just want my dog back. I can’t give up.
“My son misses her lots. When we go out he asks people if they have seen the dog and gives them leaflets.
“It’s so upsetting, but I can’t get upset in front of him because he will get upset even more.
“He keeps looking out of the window.”
Katie said Willow was last seen at about 9.30am on Tuesday, June 26. She had thought her pet was upstairs with her partner, Michael, but the back door was open and she had unfortunatelygot outside.
She said a man was seen putting Willow under his arm and walking towards town, along Long Riding.
She added: “We’ve been everywhere trying to find her, knocking on doors and putting posters up.”
Another woman’s Yorkshire terrier puppy, Cherry, went missing from her garden in Pound Lane, Basildon, on Thursday.
The 12-week-old pup was bought in a pair with her sister, Bow, who is now pining for her sibling.
The woman, who asked not to be named, urged other dog owners to be vigilant.
She said: “If anyone else has a little dog, they need to be extra cautious and keep them close. Gardens aren’t even safe. “I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”
Michael Knight, owner of Gemini Kennels, in Hovefields Avenue, Wickford, was concerned about the apparent abductions.
He said: “We’ve heard about it and we’re keeping an eye out.
“It’s very, very sad for the owners who love their dogs.
“They are usually stolen for breeding or coursing.” A Basildon Council spokeswoman said its dog warden had received two reports of dogs being stolen, but was not aware of any other incidents.
Willow is eight years old and microchipped.
She was not wearing a dog collar and has curly grey fur.
Cherry is very small and is black and tan with a silver patch on the top of her head.
Ironically, she was due to be fitted with a microchip that evening.
The dog was not wearing a collar.
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